Expected to debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show, the next generation Ford Focus ST will use a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, Autocar reports, up from the current 2-liter turbo. The four-cylinder will be a version used by the current Focus RS (in which it churns out 350 hp) but will be tuned to around 250 hp for the front-wheel-drive ST. This engine will be paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission; an automatic will not be on the menu at all.
That's not all the ST will offer: The new Focus will be some 194 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, in addition to having a structure 20 percent more rigid, Autocar notes. The ST can be expected to shed a few more pounds, though perhaps not as much as the next Focus RS.
Ford reportedly chose the 2.3-liter over the 1.5-liter borrowed from the Fiesta ST because the smaller engine would have to run close to its limit to produce the output Ford wants. Indeed, it's much easier to modify the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, which can churn out as much as 370 hp in the Focus RS Red Edition, to produce 250 hp than to pump up the smaller 1.5-liter three-cylinder produce 250 hp.2018 Ford Focus hatch and wagon europe Photo 12018 Ford Focus hatch and wagon europe Photo 22018 Ford Focus hatch and wagon europe Photo 32018 Ford Focus hatch and wagon europe Photo 42018 Ford Focus hatch and wagon europe Photo 52018 Ford Focus hatch and wagon europe Photo 62018 Ford Focus hatch and wagon europe Photo 72018 Ford Focus hatch and wagon europe Photo 82018 Ford Focus hatch and wagon europe Photo 92018 Ford Focus hatch and wagon europe Photo 102018 Ford Focus hatch and wagon europe Photo 112018 Ford Focus hatch and wagon europe Photo 12 >Next Gallery: 2019 Chevy Camaro 1LE everything add a 10 speed and a fresh face » Gallery 2018 Ford Focus hatch and wagon europe >
Ford is planning an even faster Focus RS, at least for Europe, Autocar reports. It will ride on a new platform and use a 48-volt power system to help deliver a rumored 400 hp and 425 lb-ft from a ...
The 1.5-liter isn't completely out of the picture -- it will still power lesser versions of the Focus amid a general downsizing trend before hybridization really takes off. Given reports that the next RS will feature a hybrid powerplant, the ST can be seen as the last of the line when it comes to pure internal combustion power in hot versions of the Focus.
When will we see the ST on sale? Ford has pushed back the debut to early 2019, making the Geneva motor show a natural candidate for its first appearance in production guise. Sales are expected to start in spring 2019.>
Joe Bakaj, Ford of Europe's head of engineering, calls it nothing less than the holy grail.The new Focus compact, which rolled out here and in the central Chinese city of Chongqing last week, ...
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